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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity knocked a new report in Nature Climate Change arguing that researchers ignored the important contributions reliable, affordable, coal-generated power makes to our nation’s economy, and saving and sustaining human life here in the U.S.

 

“This is more than just an academic exercise to the tens of millions of Americans who depend on affordable, reliable electricity to power their homes and places of work every day,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE. “For them, this is about their livelihoods. While these academics are hypothesizing about unprovable consequences, what’s known is that families are struggling to pay their monthly bills and companies are struggling to stay in business – and any increase in energy costs will burden them unnecessarily.”

 

Today, coal provides nearly 40 percent of America’s electric power, making it the most used feedstock for electricity generation. Additionally, due to the nearly $120 billion the industry has invested in the past several decades, coal emission rates are down 90 percent while coal usage is up 165 percent.

 

“We know that taking coal power offline will lead to electricity disruptions including blackouts, brownouts and rationing,” Sheehan added. “These disruptions are not just nuisances; they jeopardize hospital and emergency care, city sanitation systems and regular commerce. Price spikes and disruptions will also endanger vulnerable populations who – for their very survival – need electricity to heat their homes in the winter, cool them in the summer and power their home health equipment.”

 

“We believe that by working together, policymakers, non-profit organizations, academia and the coal power industry can develop and...

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